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More than one Queen 3 Replies

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive…Continue

Started by Maree W. Last reply by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana Aug 19, 2013.

Beekeeping Club in Rotorua? 3 Replies

I am new to beekeeping. I did a beginners course and have a hive in my backyard but no bees yet. Is there a club in Rotorua or maybe Pyes Pa area in Tauranga? I am keen to collect a swarm but have…Continue

Started by Judy. Last reply by Sandra Lomas Jul 19, 2013.

RE: Help please: Bees (question from Jacqui Knight) 3 Replies

Hi Jacqui,I got your question in an Oooby email but it doesn't seem to link to where you posted it so I am starting a new discussion. Hope you find it.Use branches of Wormwood (Artemisia…Continue

Started by Liz. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

Top Bar Beekeeping 5 Replies

I live in the Auckland area and have been interested in Top Bar Hives for a while. I'd love to start keeping bees but before I do that I'd like to find a mentor who has experience with TBH beekeeping…Continue

Tags: natural beekeeping, TBH, top bar hive, beekeeping, bees

Started by Steff. Last reply by Janet Luke Apr 30, 2013.

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Comment by marjolijn vos on February 3, 2010 at 12:58pm
'The Barefoot Beekeeper', love the title and it sounds like a good book to get my hands on. I'll try the library. I'm going along to my first open day at unitec on the
13th of this month from the Auckland Beekeeping Club and I'm really looking forward to it!
Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on February 3, 2010 at 11:18am
I brought it as I wanted my own copy - it is getting abit dog-eared already - I sit out by my TB hive reading it page by page, also thumb through it with sticky fingers - all the things I told my children not to do !!
Comment by Janet Luke on February 3, 2010 at 10:10am
Me too, I also have been reading this book- I bought it , not clever enough to think about the local library finding a copy for me. It all makes so much sense. Best way, I think for a hobby beekeeper.
Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on February 3, 2010 at 9:06am
I brought `The Barefoot Beekeeper` while my TBH was being built - it, along with acouple of websites, is my Bible !
Comment by Jenny Freewalker on February 3, 2010 at 8:29am
l asked our local library to get 'The Barefoot Beekeeper' and l'm finding it interesting reading.
Comment by Janet Luke on February 2, 2010 at 9:19am
Thanks Marcia, Are'nt they clever little things
Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on February 2, 2010 at 8:18am
Because it has been hot and humid the bees often hang out in front of the hive to keep cool and to keep the inside of the hive abit cooler - as you can imagine, with 60,0000 plus bees in one place, it does get hot in there is this weather !
Comment by Janet Luke on February 1, 2010 at 10:43pm
I was passing a hive yesterday and noticed a large cluster ( about the size of a dinner plate) of bees around the entrance to the hive. It was warm, but raining and there were few workers flying. Does anyone know why the bees would be doing this??
Comment by Shelly Pathak on December 29, 2009 at 12:55pm
Sorry - I meant the children aren't coping very well with them!
Comment by Shelly Pathak on December 29, 2009 at 12:53pm
Hi, I was wondering whether anyone might be up for helping me remove a bumblebee nest from under my deck, or if you have any suggestions for how to deal with it. I grew up with several beehives in my back garden as my dad was a beekeeper, so I really don't want to kill them, but they are coming into the house now, and we have young children who are coping very well with them! Any suggestions would be very welcome.

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